“The past is something I don’t reflect on very often because the future is the most important thing but I had four very enjoyable years at West Ham and one of the reasons I am back here is not just for the football club but also because it brings me back to London which I really enjoyed during my time at that club. It means I have lifestyle satisfaction with where I am living and also the club I am looking after now in the Premier League.
“I am looking forward to the game and seeing the new stadium so it will be interesting to have a look behind the scenes there but most importantly it is the result I am looking for."
Sam managed Sunderland against West Ham last season in a 1-0 defeat and experienced a good reception from his former Upton Park home fans and doesn’t expect much different this time round.
“I went back with Sunderland last season and it wasn’t a problem for me or the fans but I expect the reception wont be too clever if we start winning but certainly when I was there last season the reception I got was fine.”
Much has been made this season about Slaven Bilic’s side getting used to their new surroundings at The London Stadium, after a disappointing start to their season at home, but Allardyce is not surprised that it took the Hammers a while to become familiar with the venue.
“Its par for the course for any club that goes into a new stadium and getting used to the different surroundings for players and all involved is a difficult one. Every team that has moved to a new stadium always seems to struggle, I remember Phil Brown telling me Bolton had a similar issue when they moved to the Reebok. I am sure thought that with the squad and management West Ham have got that they will overcome that but hopefully not on Saturday.”